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    DIY Effects Pedals

    Building Your Own Stompboxes

    Making your own pedals can be a lot cheaper than buying them — and with many of the self‑build kits now available, you won’t even need a deep knowledge of electronics.

    Techniques Apr 2024
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    Practical Tips For Setting Up Affordable TRS Jack Patchbays

    Flipping Patchbays!

    Many affordable patchbays come half‑normalled by default, and to change that you must flip the cards inside. It’s easy enough, but there’s a knack...

    Techniques Jun 2023
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    Expanding Your Audio Setup With ADAT

    Grow Your I/O

    Despite being over 30 years old, ADAT Lightpipe remains the number one way to add more inputs and outputs to your DAW.

    Techniques May 2023
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    Patchbays In The Modern Studio

    How To Choose The Right One For You

    Even in today’s computer‑based studios, a patchbay can change your life. We help you choose the right one.

    Techniques Dec 2020
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    Studio SOS: Curing Hums & Buzzes

    Alex Attwood

    The SOS team help a reader track down the source of some mysterious hums and buzzes!

    Techniques Nov 2019
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    USB, Firewire & Thunderbolt: Which Is Best For Audio?

    Making A Connection

    If you’re choosing a new audio interface or a new computer, what are the pros and cons of the many different connection protocols that are on offer?

    Techniques Aug 2015
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    Planning Your Studio Wiring

    Studio Installation Workshop

    Suffering from signal degradation or mains hum on your audio lines? The chances are that you're having problems with impedance matching or earth loops. However, with a little understanding and some careful planning, these gremlins can be successfully eliminated.

    Techniques Nov 2002
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    Studio Installation Workshop

    Basic Tools & Techniques

    Most SOS readers seem either to be setting up a studio or refining their existing setup, and could save money and hassle by doing much of the wiring and installation themselves. We explain how.

    Techniques Sep 2002
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    Using An Optically Connected Multi-channel Digital Setup

    Wix Wicken: Songs And Visions

    The spread of the ADAT 8-channel optical digital interface to studio equipment of all kinds has raised the prospect of a revolution in multitrack digital recording. Self-confessed digital evangelist (amd Korg UK product specialist) Paul Wiffen explains how the optical digital interface and several fibreglass cables made keyboard session player Wix Wickens' life easier at last year's prestigious Songs and Visions concert at Wembley.

    Techniques Feb 1998
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